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11-21-2012 10:22 PM
lorihd@comcast.net we had a preditor break into the coop and kill 4 hens, my hubby went out fixed the fence that was broken (you couldnt see it unless you were up close) and that was the end of the killings. although the coop and outside run are built very well, sometimes things happen. this happened 3 years ago.
11-21-2012 10:06 PM
Lauri & The Gang Once a wild predator has caught and killed a domesticated animal (like a chicken) they will keep coming back for more (like the rest of your flock).

There are only 2 choices. Relocate at LEAST 25 miles away or kill it.

The problem is that you have to contact the town where you plan to drop off the little beasty and see if it's LEGAL to do that ... and most towns will say NO.
11-21-2012 09:31 PM
lorihd@comcast.net when i first saw the picture, i thought gosh it looks like my ferrets did. im in the way too cute to shoot club. pests yes, so are racoons, but they have to eat too. and rabies, well when i see one in the daylight acting odd, i stay away. this guy looks fine. hope you let him go.
11-21-2012 06:21 PM
Kyleigh OK, just saw pics and watched ... it's cute LOL ... BUT, I do understand where you are coming from as it being a pest!

I wouldn't let Odin near it ... (out of the cage I mean !) they can certainly do some damage ... those super sharp teeth!
11-21-2012 05:56 PM
NWHeather I cannot watch video with sound at work, but is the sound a high pitched scream type noise? I have heard a couple of mine do that on rare occations. (Once when I went to set one of them in the bath tub for a bath-I rarely bathe my ferrets, only when they get really dirty).

That polecat looks a lot like some of my ferrets. All of mine are private bred, & some do have some Polecat bloodlines about 10 generations or so back.

It's sad that the best option is to kill it, but I do understand protecting your stock.
11-21-2012 03:20 PM
Narny
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Originally Posted by hattifattener View Post
i called about this local hunters club.
wildlife is their responsibility.
they said "kill it".
If they said kill it then do so. As sad as it makes some people these animals are pests where you are and not endangered at all.
11-21-2012 02:52 PM
Freestep
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Originally Posted by hattifattener View Post
do ferrets act and sound like this when angry?

trapped chicken killer polecat - YouTube
I guess mine never got that angry, I've never heard them make that particular noise. Ferrets do make a funny little sound when they are happy or playing, it's hard to describe, it's kind of like "nuk nuk nuk nuk" rather soft and quiet. I doubt you're going to hear it from this guy.
11-21-2012 02:12 PM
hattifattener i called about this local hunters club.
wildlife is their responsibility.
they said "kill it".
11-21-2012 02:08 PM
Mrs.K hummmm....

Not sure how I feel about it. Is it really necessary to kill it or will it come back if you put it out somewhere else? Isn't there like Forest Rangers where you could drop it off?
11-21-2012 02:03 PM
hattifattener
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Originally Posted by LARHAGE View Post
LOL, my terriers were going insane hearing that, the female leaped up onto my keyboard!!! Is it possible to relocate them, or do they return? I am not familiar with them in their wild state.
they're TERRIERS after all!!

i'm not surprised though - even my mellow,sweet Odi went totally mad.
seems that dogs have something against polecats.

look,what happened,when i let Odi near cage.
it didn't look like love at first sight,so i placed cage where Odi cannot access.


they're treated like vermin here,besides they may carry rabies.
he may chose fight over flight when i open cage,so he may bite me.
i don't want take any chances with rabies.
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